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Police: Captive woman found in pit in man's backyard shed

Published: April 26, 2017 2:10 PM

BLANCHESTER, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio say a crying woman was being held captive in a pit inside her neighbor’s backyard shed, and the man was arrested on a charge of kidnapping.

Blanchester police say Dennis Dunn has a history of mental health issues and was taken to a hospital. The woman was treated at a hospital and released.

Police say the woman was reported missing about 2 a.m. Wednesday and neighbors called them about 4 a.m. after hearing cries from the shed in Blanchester, 40 miles (64 kilometers) northeast of Cincinnati.

Officers found the woman in the pit. They say the hole was covered with a wooden board that had heavy objects on top of it, preventing her from getting out.

It can’t be determined whether Dunn has an attorney to comment on the accusations.

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